Board of Consultants

The overall purpose of the Board of Consultants is to provide external, unbiased advice and technical expertise to help MCD meet specific mission-related challenges. The Board of Consultants is an independent group of world-renowned experts in the fields of dam safety and related engineering topics. Periodically, the board convenes to critically review data, technical investigations, and proposed solutions to various issues.

Board of Consultants meetings are open to the public. MCD abides by the state of Ohio's Sunshine Law and public record laws.

The current members of the Board of Consultants are:

Dr. Gabriel Fernandez is a Geotechnical Engineer and has significant project consulting experience in underground storage and ground subsidence, hydropower, tunnel projects, quarry projects, large underground openings and mines, dynamic soil and rock studies, pressure tunnels, and environmental-related projects, and serves on various boards.

Dr. Anthony E. Fiorato provides consulting services on engineering properties and durability of concrete relating to design, construction, performance characteristics, and rehabilitation of concrete structures. He is an active contributor to development of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) building code, and ASTM International materials and testing standards for concrete. Dr. Fiorato is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Gerald Galloway is a Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and an Affiliate Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, where his focus is on water resources policy and management. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources. Dr. Galloway is a retired Brigadier General from the United States Army, where he served in numerous positions including Commander of the Army Corps of Engineers District in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Professor and Dean of the Academic Board (Chief Academic Officer) of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. Dr. Galloway has served on numerous committees, boards and national academies. Dr. Galloway is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Marcelo Garcia is a Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics Engineer andhas been the Director of the Ven Te Chow Hydrosystems Laboratory in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign since 1997.

Mr. Eric Halpin is retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as Deputy Dam and Levee Safety Officer, Chief Dam and Levee Safety Branch, and is now in private consulting practice.

Mr. Michael A. Hendron is a Geotechnical Engineer that with specialized experience in rock engineering projects, dam engineering, landfill slope stability, and wall/slope stability analyses

Dr. John Smart is chairman of the Board of Consultants and held a variety of engineering positions with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, private consulting firms, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.


Historic photos of previous Boards of Consultants

1914 MCD Board of Consultants

 1919 MCD Board of Consultants